ACLU Eying New Bedford’s Proposal For Use Of Drones
The New Bedford City Council is considering a proposal to use drones to conduct surveillance over high-crime neighborhoods. City Councilor Brian Gomes is pushing the idea, saying drones are another tool for the Police Department to fight crime.
However, the American Civil Liberties Union is already raising questions about privacy issues.
Kade Crockford, the ACLU's privacy rights coordinator tells WBSM's Brian Thomas, her agency is not opposed to Police using drones for investigations.
"Our position is that law enforcement should be able to use new technologies to conduct legitimate criminal investigations," said Crockford. "We just think there needs to be standards and rules applied to these new technologies."
As an example says Crockford, Police Departments using drones in their investigations should be required to secure a search warrant. As of right now, there is no such provision in Massachusetts.
The ACLU is backing legislation to require police to get a warrant before using drones in an investigation.